Answering Ancient Questions Using Modern Methods
“House of Wisdom“
Beginning with the Academia Ottoniana in the 17th century, and continuing with our present-day institution, the University of Bamberg has seen itself explicitly as a “House of Wisdom”. It was founded in 1647 by Prince Bishop Melchior Otto Voit von Salzburg as a centre for contemporary humanistic education.
The “domus sapientiae” of past centuries is now home to the programmes off ered by the university’s four academic faculties: Humanities; Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration; Human Sciences; and Information Systems and Applied Computer Science.
The academic disciplines are closely linked to the focal areas of our overall profile:
- Education & Life Planning
- The Individual & Society
- Languages & Cultures
- Business & Markets
Academic learning is a method-driven process. The methods employed in our applied computer science programmes, for instance, range from digital editions of medieval texts and cognitive modelling used in psychology to reconstructive 3D imaging for building and architectural research.
The excellent promotion of our young academics throughout the course of their studies and research careers is central to our philosophy.
The Trimberg Research Academy (TRAc) and the Scientific Career Service provide these young scholars with structured academic support.
From among our doctoral programmes (German Research Foundation research training groups, graduate schools), the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences is sponsored by the German Excellence Initiative.
The excellence of our research programmes is substantiated not least of all by the volume of third-party funding which has grown over the years from 2.37 million euros (2000) to 29.6 million euros (2016).
We owe this increase primarily to the most renowned of Bamberg's research projects: the National Education Panel Study (NEPS) which has been managed by the university-affiliated Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) since 2014. The project, founded on an interdisciplinary network of outstanding researchers, examines topics of educational processes and competence development in Germany.